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Student Seminar and Awards

Kansas Association of Broadcasters Annual Student Seminar

Join us April 7 in Lawrence, KS, for this fun and informative event! The KAB Student Seminar is for Kansas high school and college broadcast journalism students. This fun-filled day includes a panel of industry experts, airchecks, career fair, and round tables. We will also present our 2022 Student Broadcast Awards!

Location: 5th Floor, KU Memorial Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 66045

Parking in the garage attached to the Union will cost about $10 ($1.50/hr).  Or you can look for free street parking, which is usually in short supply.

What’s for lunch?
Taco bar! Hard and soft tacos with beef and chicken. Spanish rice and Mexican-style street corn. Buffet also includes tortilla chips, vegetarian enchilada casserole, chili con queso, guacamole and all the familiar toppings.

Schedule

REGISTRATION – 8:30

WELCOME – 9:00, Jayhwak, All Students

KICKSTARTING YOUR CAREER – 9:10
Jayhawk, All Students
Tips for securing a job and transitioning to a professional newsroom/station
Panelists: Nic Merenda, General Manager, Cumulus – Topeka
Jana Calkins, Assit. News Dir., WDAF FOX4 – Kansas City
Jesse Fray, News Director, KSNT – Topeka
Glen Grunwald, On-air and morning show co-host, Eagle – Hutchinson

BREAKOUTS – 10:05

COLLEGE STUDENTS, BIG 12 ROOM
Career Fair – Bring your resume and visit with stations about potential jobs

HS STUDENTS, JAYHAWK ROOM
Airchecks – Show and tell your best work

EDUCATORS, INTERNATIONAL ROOM
KAB Award submission training. Best practices for submitting entries

ROUNDTABLES – 11:05
Ballroom – All Students
Meet broadcast professionals and learn about every aspect of the industry

2022 KAB AWARDS LUNCHEON – 12:15
Ballroom, All Students

Roundtable Topics

Radio Topics

Modern Age Advertising
Social Media Use
Sports Talk
Play-by-Play
News
Show Host/Music Director
Engineering/IT
Former KC Royals Producer/Engineer

TV Topics

Television Sales/Management
News Anchor
Multi-Media Journalist
Sports
Meteorologist
New Media
Critique Table (bring your work)
Creative Services/Promotions

Companies Attending Career Fair – So Far!

Radio

Cumulus Media, Topeka
Alpha Media, Topeka
Meridian Media, Salina
Summit Media, Wichita
Manhattan Broadcasting Co., Manhattan
Ad Astra Radio, Hutchinson
Eagle Communications, multiple locations
My Town Media, multiple locations
KNZA Radio Group, Hiawatha

TV

KAKE, Wichita
WDAF, FOX4, Kansas City
KSNT, Topeka
KSHB TV, Kansas City
WIBW TV, Topeka

Kansas Army National Guard

ELIGIBILITY: High School and undergraduate students may enter, so long as they are enrolled fulltime in any Kansas college, university or high school during the current school year, or the spring semester of the preceding year. All material submitted must be the work of the student(s) and produced and aired (on broadcast, cable, web cast, or podcast) during the current school year, or the preceding spring semester.

AWARDS: A KAB Award plaque will be given in each category of each division unless, in the opinion of the judges, no award is deserved. Likewise, if there are deserving entries, a second place and/or honorable mention will be given.

PRESENTATION: Awards will be presented during the Awards Luncheon at the April Student Seminar.

JUDGING: Entries will be judged on excellence, believability, creativity and effectiveness. Judging criteria as applicable, will include theme, phrasing, salesmanship, technical, opening and closing. If in the opinion of the judges an entry is submitted in the wrong division or category, it will be moved to the proper classification.

ENTRY FEES: $10.00 per entry. Pay online, submit a check or phone in your credit card number for the total of your entry fees. 214 SW 6th St, Suite 300, Topeka KS 66603.

Entry Deadline: Entries must be UPLOADED to betternewspapercontest.com by 11:59 p.m., February 15.

Instructions for how to upload can be found here.

NOTE: All entries submitted must be entirely the work of students. Individual students or in the case of “coanchors” may enter only one entry per category. In the play by play category an individual can only enter once as the play by play announcer, and may be on one other entry as the analyst.

COMPETITION GROUPS: Radio and Television A) High School; B) College Undergraduate

DISQUALIFICATIONS: Any entry that does not follow all specifications as outlined will be disqualified. Entrants will not be notified of disqualification, nor will entry fee be refunded.

Click here for divisions and categories